Rescue pup Vincent crowned 'Pretty Bulldog' in IA

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 3:56 AM

All they know is that their youthful pup is presently a pageant king, having won the thirty-seventh annual Pretty Bulldog contest at Drake Univ on Sunday.

Rescue pup Vincent crowned 'Pretty Bulldog' in IA

The owners of Vincent, a rescued 60-pound English bulldog, aren't quite sure how elderly he is.

All they know is that their youthful pup is presently a pageant king, having won the thirty-seventh annual Pretty Bulldog contest at Drake Univ on Sunday.

The tongue-in-cheek contest is the opening event of the Drake Relays, a prestigious track and field meet to be held following week at Drake Stadium. Vincent, a brown-and-white pup who lives just up the road from the stadium, will serve as the meet's mascot.

The runners-up were Meatball, whose biggest fears are rubbish bags and limes, and a 1-year-old pup named Daffodil. Meatball and Daffodil will serve as alternates for the Drake Relays if for some reason Vincent can't fulfill his duties — which will mostly entail photo shoots and an introduction during Saturday'south opening ceremony.

Vincent was a first-time candidate after his owners adopted him from the IL English Bulldog Rescue organization in February.

"It popped up and we were like, 'Let'south give it a try!" Vincent'south owner, Meredith Green of Des Moines, said.

His owners, who think Vincent is about three years old, said he likes car rides and running up the stairs. They'll discover out following weekend if he'south also a fan of track and field.

Vincent succeeds Tank, whose sturdy frame, gentle personality and camouflage outfit won over the judges in 2015.

The slate of competitors was down five from previous years after a few scratches and the recent death of Linus the Lovebug, latest year'south winner in the "Best Dressed" category.

Deliylah, who competed in two thousand-thirteenth and two thousand fourteen, gave birth to four puppies on the day of latest year'south pageant contest — and she and three of her puppies took portion Sunday. She won the "Drake Spirit" award for making it back to the stage after a one-year absence.

Theodore was the social media king, with more than 6.000 followers on Instagram.

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